Liz Johnson (swimmer)
|Nickname(s)||Lizard, Showbiz, Johno|
3 December 1985 |
Newport, South Wales
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Coached by||Mark Skimming|
Elizabeth "Liz" Johnson (born 3 December 1985) is a British swimmer who has won gold medals in the Paralympic Games and IPC world championships. She has cerebral palsy, placing her in the S6 classification.
Johnson was born in Newport on 3 December 1985. She has cerebral palsy and, at the age of three, was encouraged by her mother to join a group for disabled swimmers to strengthen and relax her muscles. She came to love the sport, competing as an S6 swimmer, and was selected to swim for Team GB at the age of 14. Johnson attended Swansea University and completed a degree in business management and finance. She currently lives in Bath, Somerset and trains with the University of Bath training group, Team Bath.
While Johnson was on the plane to the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, her mother died after a long battle with cervical cancer. She decided to continue with the Games when she was told that the funeral could be held when she returned home.
At the 2006 IPC World Championships in Durban, Johnson won an individual gold medal in the 100 m breaststroke and two relay golds. She repeated her breaststroke success at the 2009 event, breaking the world record in the process, and also picked up two individual medley bronze medals. She won gold in the 100 m breaststroke at the 2008 Summer Paralympics eleven days after the death of her mother, dedicating the victory to her memory.
Johnson's successes were recognised when, in April 2011, she was given the honour of laying the final tile in the competition pool at the London Aquatics Centre. She was also selected as the Paralympic Oath taker for the 2012 Games.
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